Saturday, 27 October 2012


On Thursday night we went to the Bristol premiere of Skyfall, the new James Bond film. It was completely and utterly brilliant. We arrived to a red carpet champagne reception, a string quartet playing various Bond themes from across the years, and everyone dressed 'strictly' black tie, as per the invitation.

I remember watching Bond films on Sunday afternoons as a child, my brother and I obsessed with the villains and their quirks, as well as Q and his gadgets. But I think I've lost interest in recent years, I'm not even sure if this one is the second or third starring Daniel Craig. Director Sam Mendes has hoiked up the quality big time, and although still cartoonish, Skyfall is a blockbusting thriller, exactly as it should be. I can't imagine what the budget was, they certainly spared no expense and locations are lavish (Shanghai looks magical, London is shot from a romantic point of view, and the scenes in Scotland are a tourist board's dream), and the special effects are something else.

I found the final scene so tense I was really quite anxious, but this was soothed by a (very strong) cocktail given to us as we left. Thank you, Bristol Magazine, for a brilliant evening, and here's the trailer:

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